The CLN Advisory Committee

The CLN Advisory Committee is made up of UBC faculty members, staff, and students from across the University. The CLN is based on a collaboration among UBC Faculties of Education, Land and Food Systems and the Alma Mater Society (AMS).


The role of the CLN Advisory Committee members is to

  • support the advancement of the CLN living laboratories as resources to the Faculties of Education, Land and Food Systems, and the University of British Columbia.
  • serve as a liaison between their faculty unit and the CLN.

It is expected that CLN Advisors will serve as critical friends to provide direction and promotion for the following CLN areas:

  • Research, including

o   Cultivating new research opportunities

o   Reviewing potential research projects

o   Promoting graduate research

o   Serving as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on research

o   Providing advice about possible funding opportunities

  • Course integration of sites & programs

o   Developing new academic programs related to garden-based learning

o   Developing course content/assignments/learning experiences related to CLN sites and programs

o   Being a liaison with home departments and units to promote learning at, from, and with the CLN sites and programs

o   Determining how informal learning programs can be formalized/accredited

  • Strategic direction

o   Helping to establish and support goals for the projects and Network

o   Advancing the mission of the CLN as a learning lab for the Faculty of Education

o   Establishing CLN programs as an integral part of the work of the Faculty of Education


Time Commitment:

  • 3-4 meetings during the academic year (usually Sept, Nov, March)


Advisors gain opportunities to:

  • Engage in interdepartmental networking and research
  • Access research participants from many stages of life engaged in teaching and learning, promoting health, and building resilient community
  • Build familiarity with CLN sites and programs
  • Teach in outdoor settings
  • Connect students with practical learning experiences
  • Experience delicious farm fresh food from our sites

To join the CLN advisory, please contact Susan Gerofsky